Re: Newer or later?

Subject: Re: Newer or later?
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:54:40 -0500

On Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:19:26 -0500, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

I'd use "higher," because I've actually seen companies release a v3.0 for
some customers and then go back and do a v2.5 for others.

Gene's answer is best in general. Some outfits have crazy numbering schemes in which it's impossible to judge which version is "newer" or "later" unless you are on the design team and even then there might be confusion. Occasionally it's not even clear which number is higher than another, and spelling out the details is necessary. For example, which is higher, version 7.2A.1 or version 7.3? Sometimes there is special meaning in whether a number is odd or even.

For "newer" the only thing that can have accuracy is an attached date or date code, but that has pitfalls as well. One engineer found to his chagrin that he needed had to make reference to "My memo of June 31st [sic]."
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Newer or later?: From: Jim Witkin
Re: Newer or later?: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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